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A new species of millipede known only to exist in the small city of Launceston, Tasmania has been discovered – and it's been named after the jackal-headed Egyptian God, Anubis. The species, Tasmaniosoma Anubis is named for its branching genitalia, which resemble the snout and ears of Anubis.


Though only one-centimeter long, the species was easily noticed crawling through eucalypt woodland by naturalists Wade and Lisa Clarkson while walking through the city park, with, of all people, a millipede specialist — Dr. Bob Mesibov.

Tasmania was previously known to have twenty-one distinct species of Tasmaniosoma, making Anubis its twenty-second.


Despite its small range, T. Anubis doesn't appear to be threatened—a large population thrives in Launceston's largest urban reserve, the Trevallyn Nature Recreation Center – which leads out to the excitingly named Cataract Gorge. There, T. Anubis appears to thrive healthily among other species of millipede and invertebrate.

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